Waitrose appoints chair of food and farming

Waitrose has appointed Professor Nigel Scollan as the new chair of food and farming at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS).

The appointment, Waitrose said, will give the supermarket and associated companies world-class support, with research into improving the sustainability of the UK’s food production systems.

As part of the role, Scollan will be helping to drive innovation with scientists, farmers, food industry experts and policy-makers with the aim of improving the efficiency and sustainability of the UK food supply chain.

According to Waitrose, the UK agricultural industry is going through a change as it addresses ways to feed a growing population, as well as reducing its carbon footprint. The effects of animal and plant diseases are also ongoing threats that farmers and growers will have to contend with in the future, along with food security issues.

Director of IBERS Professor Wayne Powell said: “The appointment of Nigel Scollan to the Waitrose chair of food and farming will focus on forging links between agriculture, science and one of the most forward thinking great retailers. I am delighted with Nigel’s appointment and look forward to this role building on our existing work with Waitrose and their partners.”

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